The Youth Triathlon presented by TRiKC @ the YMCA is an event for ages 1 to 14! Triathlon happens here!
The Youth Triathlon provides a fun and healthy opportunity to help children stay active this summer. By combining swimming, biking and running in one sport, participants benefit from a well-rounded fitness activity while enhancing their endurance and strength, all while having fun. For over a quarter of a century TRiKC have been inspiring new generations to be fit, strong, and fast triathletes. Please join us this year for more pulse-pounding action!
USA Triathlon previously designated TRiKC triathlons as part of its Grand Prix Youth Series and has recognized this triathlon as one of the best USAT sanctioned events. The TRiKC Triathlons were selected to be in the Series based on strict criteria that included sanctioning compliance, safety, quality and athlete support.
This youth triathlon is open to children ages 1 to 14. The triathlon starts at 7:00am. The transition area will be open at 6:00am. Triathletes should plan to arrive before 6:30am. Register early to be guaranteed a t-shirt.
Triathlon Distances / Age Divisions: Tots Course (Ages 1-6): Swim: wade in the water (swim); Bike: .3-mile bike; Run: .2-mile run. Sprint Course (Ages 8 and under): Swim: 50 yards; Bike: 2.2 km; Run: .7 km. Intermediate Course (Ages 9-10): Swim: 100 yards; Bike: 4.5 km; Run: 1.4 km. Long Course (Ages 11-14): Swim: 200 yards; Bike: 8.3 km; Run: 2 km.
Just Tri It: This non-competitive division provides an opportunity for everyone to have the chance to participate in a triathlon. The non-competitive division will start toward the end of the Sprint distance group. This group is not eligible for competitive awards. Approved swim aids are allowed. The distance is 50-yard swim, 2.2km bike, .7km run.
Aquathon: Don’t bike. No problem. Swim 50 yards and run .7km in this non-competitive event which is the perfect introduction to the world of multisport.
Tri for Tots: We welcome all kids 6 and under to our Tri for Tots™ Triathlon Division. Now everyone can get into the action with a walk thru the water swim, an approximate .3-mile bike, and .2-mile run. This will be a non-competitive event with relaxed rules. Floats, water wings, tricycles, training wheels, and parents on the course for this portion of the event are all legal!
YMCA Member Discount: If you are a current member of the YMCA of the Greater Kansas City, you are entitled to a 20% discount per child off the "individual entry" fee for the North Kansas City YMCA Youth Triathlon! Contact your YMCA for the discount code.
Register the Entire Family: Families who enter three or more siblings in the Individual Division receive an entry fee discount of 10% per participant. Each family member must be registered individually. To obtain the discount, use the code TRIFAM23 at checkout.
The Couse: Youth triathletes in the Long, Intermediate, and Sprint divisions will swim in the indoor pool at the North Kansas City YMCA. The swim in lanes serpentine style. Lifeguards will be on the pool deck. The bike course will be closed to vehicular traffic and will be on the streets north of the YMCA. The run will go around the YMCA building. Both the bike and run courses are flat. The Tots will wade through the water in pool area swim, will bike in the parking lot, and will do short version of the run course. The course is flat and fast.
Awards: Long course boys (11-12); 1st, 2nd, 3rd; Long course girls (11-12) 1st. 2nd, 3rd; Long course boys (13-14) 1st, 2nd, 3rd; Long course girls (13-14) 1st. 2nd, 3rd; Intermediate course boys: 1st, 2nd, 3rd; Intermediate course girls: 1st. 2nd, 3rd; Sprint course boys: 1st, 2nd, 3rd; Sprint course girls: 1st, 2nd, 3rd. NOTE: Register early to be guaranteed a t-shirt.
General Triathlon Information & TRiKC Discount: The premier triathlon resource in the Kansas City area is www.TRiKC.org. Check it out for the latest multisport news. If you have a current registered TRiKC family membership or Youth membership with TRiKC, you receive a $5.00 discount per child off the "individual entry" fee for the North Kansas City YMCA Youth Triathlon! Visit the TRiKC web page for the discount code.
USA Triathlon (Important): This event is sanctioned by USA Triathlon. All youth participants(except tots) must have USAT license to participate. The license must be purchased in advance of the race. Visit USAtriathlon.com to purchase a youth membership online. (https://www.usatriathlon.org/membership)
For Safety's Sake: Approved bike helmets are required. The USAT rules require helmets that meet the US national standard for bicycle helmet safety. All helmets must meet or exceed the CPSC standard. The CPSC approval sticker is required to be in the helmet. Radio/stereo headsets are not permitted. Any parent assisting a child will result in disqualification. Due to hot and humid conditions that may exist during this time of year, drink plenty of water before and during the race.
Training Tips: Work out with your friends or parents. - Watch out for cars or other obstacles when riding your bike. Remember to always wear your helmet. - Don't go too hard too fast. Save your energy. - Don't train hard every day. - Warm up those cold muscles. - Practice your transitions. You should practice your transitions from swim to bike and bike to run. - Train with a smile. Most importantly you should have fun. Race hard, try your best and have a great time! Everyone who finishes is a winner!!!
USA Triathlon Rules: The rules for the sport of triathlon can be found on the USA Triathlon web page at https://www.usatriathlon.org/multisport/rules
Youth Triathlon Team Training: SBR Elite Training and Racing is a triathlon youth development program for junior triathletes ages 8 through 16. Team members are trained by USA Triathlon coaches that are committed to building champions in the sport of triathlon. For more information regarding the program, visit http://www.sbrelite.com.
Midwest Triathlon Youth Championship Series: Open for all youth ages 6 to 14. The series includes three local triathlons, the J Youth Triathlon on June 25, The Youth Triathlon on July 23rd, and JCPRD Kids Triathlon on August 19th. There is no extra charge to be part of the series. You earn points for every triathlon you participate in and gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded in each of the age categories for those with the most points after the JCPRD Kids Triathlons in August. You can register for the series by simply sending an email with the subject line Midwest Youth Triathlon Series, and in the body include your name, age as of December 31, 2023, and gender, to email@example.com. Additional information about the Series can be found at TriKIDS.us.
Orientation and Packet Pickup: Participants should all view the pre-race orientation video before the race. Packet pickup will be at Blue Bike Health and Fitness from 4pm to 6pm on Friday, July 21, and 9am to 12pm on Saturday, July 22. Blue Bike is located in Red Bridge Shopping Center at 11128 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Mo 64131.
Parking: Parking is available in the south parking lot at the YMCA for those who arrive before 6:30am. You can access the north parking lot from Iron Street. If you park in the YMCA parking lot, you will not be able to leave the area until the triathlon has been completed by all participants. There is also parking on Armour Road. Do not park on Iron Street, 18th Avenue, or Jasper Street.
No Refunds: There are NO refunds or transfers of entries.